Clippers’ Lou Williams Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant with Song ‘24’
On Monday, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other victims from last month’s helicopter crash in Calabasas, California were memorialized in a moving ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Christina Aguilera sang, Alicia Keys played piano, and Jimmy Kimmel, Vanessa Bryant, Diana Taurasi, Sabrina Ionescu, Geno Auriemma, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal all offered remembrances in front of a packed house of Los Angeles Lakers fans, celebrities, legendary athletes and mourners alike.
In the weeks between the tragic accident and the “Celebration of Life,” Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams penned and recorded a track to honor the Black Mamba and his daughter. The song, entitled “24,” appears on his new EP, Syx Piece, the title of which reflects both his young son’s name and Lou’s own renown as a three-time Sixth Man Award winner.
In the song, the 33-year-old reflects on his reaction to the news of Kobe’s passing and his time as the Mamba’s teammate during the 2015-16 NBA season—the five-time champion’s final professional campaign.
Yeah, I’m sleeping through a bad dream
I woke up feeling the same thing
You kept me focused, locked in
Even on a bad team.
Fadeaway, I lean left, told me that’s me.
Confident, but from you
That boosted my self-esteem.
Lou raps about the Kobe he knew—not just the ruthless competitor, but also the generous friend.
Attack, conquer, words you would mumble
Called assassin, but to the masses
Nothin’ but humble
I had your number, but never used it
Didn’t wanna bother.
I remember that charter
Coming from Nevada
Pass me that bottle
Asked what I was drinking
I said tequila.
Toasted, said drink up
Nothing but love
Daps and hugs
Shared between us.
In between verses, Lou talks candidly about his personal struggles with grief in the wake of Kobe’s passing.
I’m having a hard time dealing with this shit.
I was just trying to spill it out on this, you know?
Of course, Lou gets into his perspective of Kobe’s last game, which saw the Lakers legend score 60 points on 50 shots to beat the Utah Jazz.
I got 100 stories
Majority can’t be exposed
Not ‘cause they’re wrong
But the memories
They just mine to hold.
Thinkin’ the last game
Last time I got to see you go
Asked me and Metta to play
And we had told you no.
Knew what you was about to do
We wanted to watch it, too
Went for a 60 in your city
Then dropped the mic, wooh.
Lou also spends some bars considering his fatherhood to his two daughters in relation to Kobe and Gigi, who both perished on the way to a tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park, California on the last Sunday in January.
Watch you grooming your daughters,
Especially Gigi and her Mamba team
Heard the news she was on there with you
Was hurt, my daughter text me and told me
Man, my heart was broke
Rest in peace all parties
And rest in peace, the GOAT
Legends never die, Kobe
You gave us all hope.
Lou’s Clippers will be competing with the Lakers for Western Conference supremacy in the weeks and months to come. But like everyone in the NBA, these two teams will spend what remains of the 2019-20 season (and beyond) keeping the Mamba’s legacy alive.
Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.